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Pep Raised Me To A Completely New Player – Leroy Sane
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Pep Raised Me To A Completely New Player – Leroy Sane

Bayern Munich man Leroy Sane has praised the impact his former coach Pep Guardiola had on him. Leroy Sane spent four seasons with Manchester city before signing a five-year contract with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich. During his time at Manchester City, the 25-year-old played 135 games and was an important player for Pep Guardiola even though he was sometimes injured. Speaking the Der Spiegel, Sane has now revealed the impact Pep Guardiola had on him and how the coach helped him to become a better player. “Pep and I had a good relationship,” Sane said. "I saw Pep's family in the building more often than Pep himself," Sane added, recall he used to live in the same building with Pep Guardiola, IIkay Gundogan, and David Silva "He wasn't standing at the window waitin...
Lukaku Set For Shock Move To Manchester City
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Lukaku Set For Shock Move To Manchester City

Inter Milan striker, Romelu Lukaku, has become a target for Manchester City, who will invest £200 million in their squad in several areas at the end of the season, the UK Telegraph reports. Pep Guardiola’s men sit four points behind leaders Manchester United with a game in hand, ahead of their match with Crystal Palace on Sunday. But City face a summer rebuilding, with the likes of Sergio Aguero, Fernandinho and Eric Garcia able to leave for free. Guardiola will be in the market for a new striker, left back and a defensive midfielder. One area of concern is a long-term replacement for striker Aguero, who has struggled with injury problems since the start of the season. The 32-year-old striker’s contract expires in six months, and he is yet to make a decision on his futur...
Man City boss Guardiola hints Fernandinho set to leave
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Man City boss Guardiola hints Fernandinho set to leave

  Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has hinted Fernandinho will be leaving this summer. The veteran comes off contract in June. Guardiola said today, "With the players in this part of the season, everything is open, like if we don't get results we will be sacked. We have to win our positions every day but I am more than impressed and surprised about the role of the first captain Fernandinho. "He is leading us in an exceptional way, in the good moments but especially in the bad moments and I think what everyone can take an example from what he has done so far the team will be stronger. "I am more than delighted with what Fernandinho has done through all our time together but especially this season."
Guardiola explains decision not to make any substitutions in Man City’s win over Fulham
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Guardiola explains decision not to make any substitutions in Man City’s win over Fulham

The Spanish coach has been pushing for the Premier League to allow for more rotation but snubbed the chance to make any changes Pep Guardiola stood by his decision not to utilise any substitutes as Manchester City ran out 2-0 winners at home to Fulham on Saturday. Kevin De Bruyne scored one and set up another as City cruised to a comfortable victory, taking them to within three points of Premier League co-leaders Tottenham and Liverpool ahead of Sunday's action. Despite all but wrapping up the points by half-time, though, Guardiola elected to leave all seven substitutes on the bench.
Porto 0-0 Manchester City: Guardiola’s men seal top spot as VAR thwarts Jesus
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Porto 0-0 Manchester City: Guardiola’s men seal top spot as VAR thwarts Jesus

Manchester City and Porto will progress as winners and runners-up respectively from Champions League Group C after a goalless draw.   Porto joined Manchester City in the Champions League knockout stages after a 0-0 draw where Gabriel Jesus was denied a winning goal by VAR. Pep Guardiola's side were already through to the last-16 and will now progress as group winners, although they will be frustrated to have lost their 100 per cent record in this season's competition having dominated for long periods at Estadio do Dragao. Jesus scored on the rebound when Agustin Marchesin tipped his 80th-minute header onto the crossbar, although replays showed Joao Cancelo was fractionally offside before delivering his cross to the Brazil striker.
Barcelona To Offer Messi ‘Job For Life’ To Keep Him Out Of Man City’s Clutches
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Barcelona To Offer Messi ‘Job For Life’ To Keep Him Out Of Man City’s Clutches

Messi is able to talk with other clubs from January with City plotting to make their move, but Barcelona are not prepared to give their captain up without a fight. Barcelona will offer Lionel Messi a job for life to stop him signing for Manchester City . Presidential candidate Victor Font has revealed he has a plan to keep the Argentine legend at the Nou Camp by giving him a “winning project” and a role “beyond the days he is on the pitch.” Messi is wanted by City boss Pep Guardiola next summer, and his future is a battleground in club elections deciding who takes charge. Messi has won ten La Liga titles and four Champions' Leagues in his 16 years at Barca and scored 640 goals, but is unsettled, and wanted to leave last summer. City could also offer him a long term role in t...
Guardiola Compares Man City Vs Liverpool Premier League Clash With US Election
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Guardiola Compares Man City Vs Liverpool Premier League Clash With US Election

Pep Guardiola has compared Manchester City’s Premier League challenge with the US presidential election in a bid to downplay the impact of Sunday’s clash with Liverpool, pointing out “all the votes must be counted”. . City and Liverpool have been the two dominant sides in England for the past three years, with the Reds running away with the league last season after back-to-back titles for Guardiola’s men. . However, with City just six games into their league season and every team in the top-flight having dropped points in at least two games so far, Guardiola believes he must steer his side into contention over the long haul. . “It’s an important game, but like the presidential elections in the United States of America, all the votes must be counted,” he said at his pre-match pres...
Klopp And Guardiola Slam EPL Over Substitutes Rule
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Klopp And Guardiola Slam EPL Over Substitutes Rule

Following the reversal of the English premier league substitute rule back to three subs in a match, two of the EPL most elite coaches have reacted to the news... The two respected coaches have accused the governing body of making a mistake by not allowing five changes per game. Klopp feels the Premier League showed a 'lack of leadership' with their decision to cut back on substitutes because of the packed schedules several teams were going to encounter. Speaking on Friday, Manchester City boss Guardiola echoed Klopp's thoughts, saying there has been "47 per cent more muscular injuries" this year compared to the same stage of the campaign in 2019-20. And the Catalan has added his voice to a growing campaign for the Premier League to rethink the decision to only allow three s...
Victor Font Wants Pep Guardiola To Return As Head Coach
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Victor Font Wants Pep Guardiola To Return As Head Coach

Victor Font wants Pep Guardiola to return as head coach in Barcelona presidential candidate Victor Font wants to bring Pep Guardiola back to the Nou Camp. Textual style accepts the most ideal approach to keep Lionel Messi at Barcelona will be to lure previous manager Guardiola back to the club from Manchester City. Josep Maria Bartomeu surrendered his administration not long ago, following quite a while of analysis on Barcelona’s debilitated funds and battles on the pitch. Bartomeu never recouped from Barcelona’s 8-2 Champions League quarter-last lowering because of possible competition victors Bayern Munich. Yet, presently Font has asserted he realizes how to reestablish the magnificence days at the Catalan goliaths – beginning with a transition to bait old supervisor Guardiol...
Marseille 0-3 Manchester City: Torres strikes again as Guardiola’s side cruise
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Marseille 0-3 Manchester City: Torres strikes again as Guardiola’s side cruise

Manchester City dominated from start to finish as they cruised to a 3-0 victory away at Marseille in Group C. Ferran Torres scored his second Champions League goal for Manchester City as Pep Guardiola's side eased to a 3-0 win over Marseille. Playing in a central role in the absence of Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, Torres – who had netted in the 3-1 win over Porto in City's opening Group C outing – broke the deadlock when he was teed up by Kevin De Bruyne in the 18th minute. City were well worthy of their lead, though Guardiola may be concerned that his team failed to turn their dominance of possession into clear-cut opportunities until Ilkay Gundogan settled the contest.  
Guardiola addresses Aguero’s contract situation at Manchester City
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Guardiola addresses Aguero’s contract situation at Manchester City

The Argentine striker is due to become a free agent next summer, but his manager says a renewal "depends on his physical condition" Pep Guardiola has addressed Sergio Aguero's contract situation at Manchester City, while admitting the Blues "miss him a lot" when he's not fit to play. Aguero has just entered the final year of his contract at the Etihad Stadium, having spent the last nine years of his career in Manchester. The 32-year-old has hit 255 goals in 373 appearances for City during that time, becoming their all-time record scorer in the process, but injuries have often held him back from making an even greater contribution.
Guardiola Continues To Back Aguero Over Female Linesman Incident
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Guardiola Continues To Back Aguero Over Female Linesman Incident

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has once again come to the defense of Sergio Aguero, saying he “knew his intention” after Gary Neville urged the striker to apologize for putting his arm on the shoulder of the female assistant referee Sian Massey-Ellis. City’s 1-0 win at home to Arsenal last Saturday was overshadowed by an incident early in the second half when Aguero disputed a throw-in decision that went against him After arguing his case with Massey-Ellis, Aguero briefly put his arm around her shoulder as she began to walk away. The Argentine star was widely criticized on social media and  Manchester United great turned pundit Neville told CNN: “I think (he) would be best served by apologizing.” Under rules introduced in 2016 players can be cautioned or sent off for...
Pep Guardiola Drove To Premier League Match With Arsenal In A Dent Electric Nissan
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Pep Guardiola Drove To Premier League Match With Arsenal In A Dent Electric Nissan

The car was a far cry from the supercars his players pulled up to the ground in. PEP tactical abilities is missing in his driving skills as he has ruined 4 cars worth ₦500m since taking over at City. Since his arriving at City, PEP has damaged a Mini Cooper, Mercedes GLE, Bentley Continental, and a Range Rover. The City boss has struggled with the roads in Manchester and had a couple of bumps. Guardiola was filmed driving into the Etihad car park in a Nissan Leaf – which costs around £30,000 – with a notable dent and scratch mark on the rear wing. PEP considered as one of the greatest football managers of all time. He holds the record for the most consecutive league games won in La Liga, the Bundesliga and the Premier League. Man City’s victory against Arsenal takes t...
Rodrigo Deny Manchester City 3 Point
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Rodrigo Deny Manchester City 3 Point

Rodrigo deny Manchester City 3point. The second half was start to finish and energizing, with the outcome implying that the crown jewels were shared between Pep Guardiola and his previous guide, Marcelo Bielsa. Super-sub Rodrigo scored as Leeds United drew with Manchester City in a throbbing experience at Elland Road. Raheem Sterling opened his record for the season with an excellent independent objective before Rodrigo got his first in English football after an Ederson blunder. Manchester City were on top for a great part of the primary half, yet Leeds had chances as the game went on, and the home side maybe ought to have adjusted before half time. The subsequent half was start to finish and energizing, with the outcome implying that the crown jewels were shared between Pe...
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Sevilla expecting new offer from Man City for Jules Kounde

Sevilla are expecting an offer from Manchester City for Jules Kounde. Marca says City failed with an opening offer for the 22-year-old defender, but they haven't given up on securing his services just yet. Pep Guardiola has become a big fan of the Frenchman and how he plays, so he doesn't want to let the opportunity to sign him pass him by. City have the money to pay for Kounde's transfer fee and are the only contenders for his signature - it's just about convincing Sevilla to let him go. Kounde has a release clause of 80 million euros at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, which City won't match. Their first offer of 50 million euros plus five million in add-ons is expected to rise the second time around - and this time Sevilla could find it hard to say no.
Man City boss Guardiola ‘likes’ Lyon star Aouar, claims Juninho
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Man City boss Guardiola ‘likes’ Lyon star Aouar, claims Juninho

The Brazilian was asked about the Ligue 1 team's star midfielder and claimed the Spanish coach was interested Lyon sporting director Juninho said Pep Guardiola "likes" Houssem Aouar amid links to Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain. Aouar has reportedly emerged as a target for Guardiola's Premier League giants City and Ligue 1 champions PSG following his exploits for Lyon. The 22-year-old French midfielder – also linked to the likes of Barcelona, Chelsea and Arsenal – played a key role in Lyon's memorable run to the Champions League semi-finals in 2019-20.  
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Man City would win title with Messi, says Crouch

The former Liverpool striker admits the arrival of the Argentine at the Etihad would nudge Pep Guardiola's side ahead of the Reds The arrival of Lionel Messi at Manchester City “would be the difference between them winning the title and not”, claims Peter Crouch, with the former Liverpool striker considering the defending champions to be favourites in 2020-21. Pep Guardiola has already started reshaping his squad ahead of the new season, with deals done for Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres. There is the promise of more arrivals to come at the Etihad Stadium, with there a chance that six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi could be lured to England from Barcelona.
Pep Guardiola Flies To Barcelona For Lionel Messi Talks
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Pep Guardiola Flies To Barcelona For Lionel Messi Talks

Pep Guardiola is in Barcelona for talks with Lionel Messi over a sensational move to Manchester City. Man City are thought to be in pole position to sign Messi after he handed in a transfer request on Tuesday. And the Blues manager has been spotted in Barcelona with widespread reports claiming he was in town to strike a deal with the six-time Ballon d'Or winner. He had dinner at a family restaurant on Monday but reports suggest the trip to Spain was more than just a holiday. Restaurant Kao Dimsum posted a photo of Guardiola on social media with the eatery in the suburbs of the Catalan city. With the COVID-19 restrictions in place, it appears to be a business trip for Guardiola who'll have to isolate upon returning to the UK. A non-essential visit seems unlikely with ...
Yaya Toure slams Guardiola for failing to win Champions League at Man City
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Yaya Toure slams Guardiola for failing to win Champions League at Man City

Former Manchester City midfielder, Yaya Toure, has hit out at Pep Guardiola for failing to win the Champions League during his time at the club. City were dumped out in the quarter-finals for the third straight year, after losing 3-1 to Lyon last week. Toure, speaking with Football Daily, says their failure to perform in the competition was 'strange'. The ex-Ivory Coast international, who has endured a rocky relationship with Guardiola, believes the club hired the Spaniard in a bit to land the biggest trophy in European club competition. "The manager has been signed for that, just to bring this trophy and when you see Liverpool maybe and other clubs who [have won it] without doing a lot of work in the transfer market, it's quite strange and disappointing," Toure said.Guard...
Pep Guardiola And His Staff Celebrate Champions League Ban Being Overturned
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Pep Guardiola And His Staff Celebrate Champions League Ban Being Overturned

Pep Guardiola and his staff took a selfie to celebrate Manchester City's European ban being overturned. The club were initially hit with a two-year ban from the Champions League and Europa League for breaching UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations but today the verdict from Court of Arbitration for Sport saw City exonerated and the punishment reduced to a €10 million fine. And minutes after City were cleared, Guardiola and members of his team posed for a picture with Sky Sports News in the background. The image was posted by Manuel Estiarte, a former water polo player who has become a vital member of Guardiola's staff - though it has since been deleted from the Spaniard's Instagram page. UEFA claimed that City had 'seriously misled' them and broken FFP by falsely inflating...
‘Guardiola sees football in another way’ – Ederson credits Man City boss with improving his game
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‘Guardiola sees football in another way’ – Ederson credits Man City boss with improving his game

The Blues goalkeeper has been key to the club's recent success and has praised his manager for helping him to hone his skills between the sticks Ederson has credited Pep Guardiola with making him a better goalkeeper and says the Manchester City boss "sees football in another way" to others. Brazil international Ederson has spent three seasons working under the Catalan coach, playing a key part in two Premier League title successes and four domestic cup triumphs. The 26-year-old is well known for his ability to command the box and start attacks from deep, but he was at fault for both goals in March's derby defeat to Manchester United.
Guardiola Confirms Leroy Sane Will Leave Manchester City
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Guardiola Confirms Leroy Sane Will Leave Manchester City

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on Friday confirmed that Leroy Sane has already rejected a new deal and told the club he wants to leave this summer. The 24-year-old German star, who has been heavily linked with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, returned to the Premier League bench on Wednesday with a win over Arsenal after recovering from a knee ligament injury, but his days at City are numbered. “Leroy has said he doesn’t want to extend the contract,” Pep Guardiola said. “He wants to leave. That will either happen this summer or when he is out of a contract. The club spoke to Leroy two or three times to extend his contract. He rejected. He wants to play at another club.” Sane moved to City from Schalke 04 in 2016 and played a key role in back-to-back title wins in 2017 a...
Guardiola Confirms Leroy Sane will Leave Manchester City for new Club
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Guardiola Confirms Leroy Sane will Leave Manchester City for new Club

Manchester City boss, Pep Guardiola, has confirmed that winger, Leroy Sane will leave his side for a new club at the end of the 2019-20 campaign or next summer. Guardiola stated this on Friday, at his pre-match press conference ahead of Man City’s Premier League clash against Burnley on Monday. Sane’s current deal with Man City will end next summer. The 24-year-old has so far rejected several offers from Man City to extend his contract at Etihad. “Leroy said he does not want to extend his contract,” Guardiola was quoted by Man City’s official website as saying. “It means he wants to leave. So that’ll happen this summer or at the end of his contract. “The club offered 2 or 3 times, and he rejected it. He wants to play at another club.” Guardiola added: “I’m ...
‘White People Should Say Sorry for the Way we Have Treated Black People for 400 Years –Pep Guardiola Speaks out Against Racism
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‘White People Should Say Sorry for the Way we Have Treated Black People for 400 Years –Pep Guardiola Speaks out Against Racism

Manchester City football club manager, Pep Guardiola has spoken out on the anti-racism protests being championed all over the world by Black Lives Matter protesters following the police killing of Black American George Floyd last month. Speaking after Manchester City beat Arsenal in the club's first game since the Coronavirus pandemic halted global football, Guardiola admitted being "ashamed of what white people have done to black people". Premier league clubs Sheffield United and Aston Villa took a stand against racism when they kicked off the midweek action, with all players from both sides wearing jerseys displaying "Black Lives Matter" across the back instead of their own names. Sheffield United and Aston Villa took a knee on the pitch just before kick-off in a show of sol...
Man City are better than Real Madrid but Champions League progress isn’t guaranteed, says Rodri
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Man City are better than Real Madrid but Champions League progress isn’t guaranteed, says Rodri

Pep Guardiola's side hold a 2-1 advantage after their impressive victory in the Spanish capital back in February Manchester City have a better team than Real Madrid, according to midfielder Rodri – but they can’t take Champions League progression for granted. As authorities work on plans to finish the European campaign, City have one foot in the quarter-finals after coming from behind to beat Madrid 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu. When the second leg is played, it will doubtless be a fascinating encounter between the teams currently sat second in the Premier League and La Liga, but Rodri is wary of overconfidence.
Guardiola praises Rashford and Sterling for taking a stand
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Guardiola praises Rashford and Sterling for taking a stand

The Manchester City manager says he admires the England stars for using their profile to make a positive impact Pep Guardiola says he admires Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling for their positive impact on society and feels only “stupid people” think footballers should not have an opinion. Manchester United striker Rashford successfully convinced the UK government to U-turn on a decision to provide free meals to vulnerable children over the school holidays in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, England team-mate Sterling voiced his support of the anti-racism protests that have spread across the United States and Europe following the death of unarmed black man George Floyd in police custody in the U.S. Both players have won praise for their using status to...
Danny Murphy Predicts how Man Utd, Arsenal will Finish This Season
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Danny Murphy Predicts how Man Utd, Arsenal will Finish This Season

<img class="i-amphtml-intrinsic-sizer" style="max-width: 100%; display: block !important;" role="presentation" src="data:;base64," alt="" aria-hidden="true" /> Former Liverpool star, Danny Murphy has backed Manchester United to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League when the season resumes on June 17. He also predicted that Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal would finish outside of the Champions League spot this term. Man United are currently in 5th position on the Premier League table, while Arsenal are in the 9th position. “[Manchester United forward] Marcus Rashford is the player I am most excited to see and I believe could make the biggest difference,” Murphy wrote in a column for MailSport. “If he hits the for...
Man City threaten Chelsea plans for Leicester defender Ben Chilwell
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Man City threaten Chelsea plans for Leicester defender Ben Chilwell

Manchester City are interested in Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell. City have joined Chelsea in the race to sign Chilwell, says the Telegraph. Blues boss Frank Lampard is keen on signing the 23-year-old but Pep Guardiola could be set to rival the west London club once the transfer window reopens this summer. Guardiola has played Benjamin Mendy the most at left-back, with Oleksandr Zinchenko also filling in, but the Spaniard is keen to strengthen the position with the capture of Chilwell. However, the Foxes are said to value Chilwell higher than they did Harry Maguire, who was sold to Manchester United for £80million last summer
Manchester City ‘were left behind’ by Liverpool this season, admits Gundogan
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Manchester City ‘were left behind’ by Liverpool this season, admits Gundogan

The Turkish midfielder says the reigning Premier League champions have failed to match the standards of previous years under Pep Guardiola Ilkay Gundogan has admitted that Manchester City "were left behind" by Liverpool in the title race this season. Pep Guardiola guided City to a third Premier League crown in 2017-18, as his side blew away the competition to set a new all-time points record of 100. The Blues retained their crown the following season after edging a tense race ahead of Liverpool, who ultimately missed out on English football's top prize by a single point. City were tipped by many to continue their dominance, but the Reds are on the verge of knocking them off their perch after winning 27 of their 29 fixtures so far this season.
Guardiola happy to be back at Man City and urges fans to stay safe
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Guardiola happy to be back at Man City and urges fans to stay safe

The Catalan is back at the Etihad Campus as the Premier League champions restart training after the coronavirus-enforced shutdown Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has praised key workers for putting their lives at risk during the Covid-19 pandemic and urged fans to continue staying safe. The Premier League was shut down more than two months ago by the coronavirus outbreak but it is hoped that football in the top division could restart behind closed doors midway through June. City's first-team squad returned to the Etihad Campus last week and Guardiola says the players are keen to return to action when they can do so safely.
Manchester City to challenge PSG for AC Milan’s Bennacer
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Manchester City to challenge PSG for AC Milan’s Bennacer

AC Milan midfielder Ismael Bennacer has caught the attention of Manchester City. The reigning Premier League champions are ready to battle PSG for his services. According to Foot Mercato, Pep Guardiola is a fan of the Algeria international, and he sees him as an option to boost his midfield after his impressive debut campaign at Milan. They face stiff competition from French champions PSG who saw their €30 bid rejected for the 22-year-old midfielder who is under contract until 2024
Joan Laporta Hopes To Bring Pep Guardiola Back To Barcelona
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Joan Laporta Hopes To Bring Pep Guardiola Back To Barcelona

The Manchester City manager has found success away from the Catalan club, but the man who initially hired him has his sights set on a reunion Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta says he hopes to bring Pep Guardiola back to the club as he prepares to run in the club’s presidential elections next year. Laporta was previously in charge at the Camp Nou from 2003-10, a period where Barca began their rise towards the Guardiola-led dynasty. It was during Guardiola's tenure as manager from 2008-12 that Barcelona arguably put together its most dominant team, claiming La Liga three times and the Champions League twice as part of a total haul of 14 major trophies.
Guardiola’s work at Barcelona was easy, the team was already complete, says former team-mate Stoichkov
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Guardiola’s work at Barcelona was easy, the team was already complete, says former team-mate Stoichkov

A Blaugrana legend has questioned the Spaniard's legacy at Camp Nou, insisting Frank Rijkaard was the man who assembled the star-studded 2008 squad Hristo Stoichkov has expressed his belief that Pep Guardiola's "work was easy" at Barcelona, with the team already complete when he was handed the managerial reins. Guardiola was given the top job at Camp Nou in 2008 after a successful spell in charge of the B team, replacing Frank Rijkaard in the hot seat. Barca won an unprecedented treble in Guardiola's first season in charge, with the likes of Lionel Messi, Samuel Eto'o, Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Carlos Puyol all at the peak of the powers.
‘Arteta must be shown patience’ – Spanish boss needs time to complete ‘long-term project’, says ex-Gunners forward Baptista
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‘Arteta must be shown patience’ – Spanish boss needs time to complete ‘long-term project’, says ex-Gunners forward Baptista

A former Emirates Stadium favourite believes the club's current manager is capable of turning the team's fortunes around in the coming years Mikel Arteta can be successful at Arsenal if he is shown patience, according to Julio Baptista, who thinks the Spaniard will need time to complete his long-term project in north London. Arteta inherited the managerial reins at the Emirates Stadium from interim head coach Freddie Ljungberg back in December, after spending the last three years as Pep Guardiola's assistant at Manchester City. The Gunners endured a nightmare start to the 2019-20 campaign under Unai Emery, who was drafted in to succeed legendary boss Arsene Wenger in the summer of 2018.
Who Deserves Title Of Greatest Premier League Manager?
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Who Deserves Title Of Greatest Premier League Manager?

With 21 Premier League trophies between them, Sir Alex Ferguson, Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger are considered among the elite managers of the Premier league era - but which one of them is the best? Read on for our tributes to the contenders and look out for our Super6 Twitter polls to see if your pick is crowned. Sir Alex Ferguson The 13-time Premier League-winning manager should be a hot favourite for the poll, with his record almost untouchable. A win percentage of 65.2 per cent after 810 league matches does the talking. He demanded the best from his players and they duly delivered, earning Sir Alex Ferguson plenty of silverware - and 27 Manager of the Month awards during his illustrious managerial career. Charlie Nicholas remembers when the Manchester Unit...
Thierry Henry Names Nigerian Player who Made Playing for Arsenal Easy
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Thierry Henry Names Nigerian Player who Made Playing for Arsenal Easy

Thierry Henry has revealed that it was easier to play for Arsenal than Barcelona, because of former Super Eagles captain, Kanu Nwankwo. Henry, speaking with PUMA Football, said Kanu and Dennis Bergkamp gave him more freedom on the pitch. The 42-year-old racked up 228 goals in 376 appearances across two spells for the Gunners, winning two Premier League titles, two FA Cups and two Community Shields. He ended his first spell in 2007 to join Barcelona, where he played under Frank Rijkaard and Pep Guardiola. “At Arsenal, I could go wherever I wanted. Like when you [Aguero] played with Diego Forlan. It was much easier for me at Arsenal because I had either Bergkamp or Kanu. “They liked staying in the middle which allowed me to drop back, move on the right side, left side,” He...
Bielsa & Guardiola are the Best Managers in the World – Laporte
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Bielsa & Guardiola are the Best Managers in the World – Laporte

The French defender worked under the enigmatic Argentine at Athletic and is now enjoying his time with a former Barca boss Marcelo Bielsa and Pep Guardiola are “the best two managers in the world”, says Aymeric Laporte, with the Leeds and Manchester City bosses considered to “know everything”. The man currently calling the shots at the Etihad Stadium has made no secret of his admiration for an enigmatic coach looking to lead fallen giants back into the Premier League. For Guardiola, Bielsa has shown how success can be enjoyed while sticking to the principles which make football so entertaining.
‘Mourinho and Mancini tried but Guardiola might have taken to Balotelli’
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‘Mourinho and Mancini tried but Guardiola might have taken to Balotelli’

The Italian striker has tested the patience of many coaches down throughout the years but could have thrived under Pep according to Micah Richards Plenty of managers have had their run-ins with Mario Balotelli but Pep Guardiola may have enjoyed working him, according to the Italian's former team-mate Micah Richards. Jose Mourinho, Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Mancini - who was a huge believer in Balotelli's qualities - are among a host of coaches that have fallen out with the striker. However, ex-Manchester City defender Richards says Guardiola might have hit it off with the now 29-year-old Brescia striker, although he's not sure how Balotelli might have reacted to his strict demands.
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Xabi Alonso under consideration to replace Mikel Arteta as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City

Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso is one of the leading candidates to become Pep Guardiola's new assistant at Manchester City. Guardiola is still on the lookout for a new assistant to replace Mikel Arteta, who left to become Arsenal head coach in December last year. City are set to appoint Arteta's replacement this summer and, as reported by goal, Alonso is under consideration, with the Spaniard having played under Guardiola at Bayern Munich. Rodolfo Borrell, who is already part of City's coaching staff, is another potential option, but the likelihood is that the club will look for an external appointment. Alonso is currently in charge of Real Sociedad's B side, who are in fifth place in the Spanish third division. He previously gained experience coaching Real Madrid's ...
The Games That Defined Modern Football: Barcelona 1-0 Sampdoria (1992)
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The Games That Defined Modern Football: Barcelona 1-0 Sampdoria (1992)

The Wembley win vindicated Johan Cruyff's footballing philosophy, with which Pep Guardiola would later take the Catalan club to even greater heights In the Wembley changing room before the 1992 European Cup final, the Barcelona players, including a young Pep Guardiola, were riddled with nerves. The Catalans needed to shake their runners-up tag, and feared what it would mean to lose again; to lose with this team and with this manager. Dealing with that kind of moment is what defines great teams, but it’s also what defines great managers. Blaugrana boss Johan Cruyff, usually so aloof and tactically minded, left his players with one final message: “Go and enjoy it." Before Cruyff became Barca coach in 1988, the club had won 10 league titles and zero European Cups in their 89-year histo...
‘I’m 15 goals off where I want to be’ – Sterling vows to step up to lethal level with Manchester City
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‘I’m 15 goals off where I want to be’ – Sterling vows to step up to lethal level with Manchester City

The England international believes he can be a more successful goalscorer, but vowed his focus is not on personal success. Raheem Sterling believes he is 15 goals short of where he could be this season as he warned Manchester City have "another level to go". It remains to be seen whether English football can resume amid the coronavirus crisis, or whether it will go the same way as the Netherlands, where the 2019-20 season has been abandoned. Sterling's 20 goals in all competitions for City this term have maintained his consistent high level of contribution to Pep Guardiola's team, even though they have been left standing by runaway leaders Liverpool in the Premier League. And the speedy forward is determined to step up whenever football returns, hungry for more success with last ...
Pep Guardiola’s mother dies from coronavirus
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Pep Guardiola’s mother dies from coronavirus

Pep Guardiola’s mother has passed away from coronavirus, Manchester City has confirmed. The Premier League champions confirmed the sad news on Monday that Dolors Sala Carrio had passed at the age of 82. City paid tribute to their manager on social media, saying: ‘Everyone associated with the club sends their most heartfelt sympathy at this most distressing time to Pep, his family and all their friends.’ Guardiola is currently back at home in Barcelona following the outbreak, where he has been urging football fans to stay at home to reduce the spread of the deadly virus. ‘We miss football,’ he said. ‘We miss the life that we had a few days ago but now is the time to listen, to follow our scientists, doctors and nurses. ‘You are my football family and we are going to do everything p...
Fabregas Names Wenger, Mourinho As Best Two Managers He Played Under Snubs Guardiola
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Fabregas Names Wenger, Mourinho As Best Two Managers He Played Under Snubs Guardiola

Cesc Fabregas says Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho are the best two managers he has player under during his career. The Spaniard who is currently with Monaco, previously featured for Arsenal, Barcelona and Chelsea. “I had the best in the world, so I cannot complain,” Fabregas said on Instagram Live. When asked to name the top two, he replied: “Wenger and Mourinho.” Fabregas also worked with Pep Guardiola at Barca and Vicente del Bosque in the Spain national team, winning the World Cup in 2010. He recently revealed how Wenger snubbed a chance to take him back at Arsenal, before he spoke with Mourinho and signed for Chelsea.
Guardiola tipped to leave Man City if Champions League ban is upheld
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Guardiola tipped to leave Man City if Champions League ban is upheld

Former Barcelona and Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit thinks the Spaniard might decide to take a break from management Pep Guardiola could walk away from Manchester City if their two-season Champions League ban is upheld, according to Emmanuel Petit. Guardiola is widely revered as one of the finest managers in world football, having enjoyed unprecedented success during spells at Barcelona and Bayern Munich. He led the Blaugrana to two European Cups and three La Liga titles, before masterminding three successive Bundesliga triumphs at Bayern.
No Guardiola as Fabregas names his top two managers
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No Guardiola as Fabregas names his top two managers

The Spaniard admits he's been lucky to work with the world's best coaches but two names stand out for him Cesc Fabregas has named Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho as the best two managers he has worked under during his illustrious career. The current Monaco midfielder has also previously played for Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea where he won trophies with all three. On international duty with Spain, Fabregas also lifted the World Cup in 2010, along with the Euro title in 2008 and 2012. That success has had a lot to do with the great managers he's worked with and the Spaniard concedes he's been blessed in that department, while singling out his two favourites. "I had the best in the world, so I cannot complain," Fabregas said on Instagram Live. But when pressed to provide th...
Ronaldo And Messi Donates €1m Each To Hospitals, To Tackles Coronavirus
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Ronaldo And Messi Donates €1m Each To Hospitals, To Tackles Coronavirus

As the world continues to tackle the coronavirus outbreak, the best footballers in the world; Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have donated € 1million each to different hospitals. Mundo Deportivo states that, Messi made the donation to Hospital Clinic, a public hospital in Barcelona, Spain. The hospital also confirmed receiving the money on their official Twitter page. Messi’s Ex- Barcelona boss, Pep Guardiola, also donated €1m towards the purchase and production of medical supplies and equipment with another Barcelona-based campaign. Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes have donated €1million, to help three intensive care units in Portugal in their fight against COVID-19. Their donation will go towards buying crucial equipment for ICUs at Lisbon’s Santa Maria Hospital a...
Why I Told Guardiola to Shut up During Manchester Derby – Bruno Fernandes
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Why I Told Guardiola to Shut up During Manchester Derby – Bruno Fernandes

Manchester United midfielder, Bruno Fernandes, has opened up on why he shushed Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, during the derby last Sunday. In an interview on Sky Sports, Fernandes said Guardiola did not deserve his respect. The 25-year-old was caught on camera asking Guardiola to shut up, following a touchline clash during the game at Old Trafford. Fernandes became an instant favourite among United fans when the clip went viral on social media. “I talked about this with some friends and some people think Pep won everything, who is Bruno to do this to him? “I am so respectful of Pep and what he’s won and what he did for football but at that moment, he didn’t respect me and he didn’t deserve my respect. “But for me, it doesn’t matter what happens on the pitch,...
Guardiola Reveals Why Man City May Lose to Man Utd in Sunday’s Derby
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Guardiola Reveals Why Man City May Lose to Man Utd in Sunday’s Derby

Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has warned his players that they will look to Manchester United on Sunday, if they feel the game is more important to the Red Devils. City go into Sunday’s Derby, knowing they have little to no chance of catching runaway leaders Liverpool, who hold a 22-point lead over them. Guardiola’s side are however ahead of fifth-placed United with 15 points, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men fighting to play Champions League football next term. “When we believe it’s more important for them, we’re going to lose. “We have to have belief that it’s more important to us. I’ve never played a game thinking about points or that the game is more or less comfortable. “I’ve said many times about the determination we’ve shown in these moments, the desire a...
De Bruyne A Doubt For Manchester Derby” – Man City Coach Pep Guardiola CONFIRMS
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De Bruyne A Doubt For Manchester Derby” – Man City Coach Pep Guardiola CONFIRMS

Manchester City Coach Pep Guardiola has a new problem ahead the Premier League clash against rivals Manchester United this weekend. Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne could miss the match against Manchester United this weekend, Pep Guardiola confirmed. De Bruyne played no part in Wednesday night's FA Cup clash vs Sheffield Wednesday, with fans believing he was just being rested. De Bruyne has been a crucial player to City's success this season and is now on track to break Thierry Henry's assist record for a single Premier League season. He scored the winning goal for Guardiola's team against Real Madrid last week side at the Bernabeu in the Champions League. The Belgian was not part of the 18-man squad for the trip to Hillsborough on Wednesday night. However, Gu...
Rio Ferdinand, Peter Crouch React as Man City Beat Real Madrid 2-1 at Bernabeu
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Rio Ferdinand, Peter Crouch React as Man City Beat Real Madrid 2-1 at Bernabeu

Former England stars, Rio Ferdinand and Peter Crouch have shared their opinion on Manchester City’s victory over Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday. Pep Guardiola made some strange choices in his starting XI to the Champions League round of 16 first leg tie in Spain. However, City recorded the all-important victory handing Zinedine Zidane’s men a shock 2-1 defeat. Gabriel Jesus and Kelvin De Bruyne scored for the visitors to cancel out Isco’s earlier strike. Raheem Sterling came off the bench and helped turn the tide and lead to the eventual winner for Guardiola’s side. Ferdinand told BT Sport, “Huge result, going behind in a stadium like this with the experience they [Real Madrid] had and multiple Champions League winners, they came back t...